Tuesday Roundup: Seminoles Clinch Season Series Against Gators

A year after Florida swept the three-game midweek season series against rival Florida State, the Seminoles clinched the season series with a 2-1 win Tuesday in front of 9,269 fans in Jacksonville. Luke Weaver (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) tied a career high for strikeouts, and FSU broke a 1-1 tie on Giovanny Alfonzo’s RBI infield single in the eighth. The gritty Seminoles improved to 23-2 on the season.

On to the rest of Tuesday’s highlights.

Top 25 Upsets

• Loyola Marymount scored three runs in the seventh inning to topple No. 5 Cal State Fullerton 3-2, snapping the Titans’ 10-game winning streak and handing them their first loss of the season in a game during which they held a lead. Aaron Lowenstein, Colton Plaia and David Edwards had two hits apiece to lead the LMU attack, and Patrick McGrath (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision.

• Ten different Sam Houston State players recorded hits, led by Kevin Miller and Colt Atwood with three hits apiece, leading the Bearkats to a 9-3 win against No. 18 Rice. Tyler Eppler (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R) stymied the Rice offense.

• No. 20 Houston dropped its first game as a member of the Top 25, as Lamar beat the Cougars 6-3. Seven Lamar pitchers held Houston to four hits, and the Cardinals took control of the game with a four-run sixth inning to chase Aaron Garza (5.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K).

• No. 21 Gonzaga split a doubleheader with Brown, losing the first game 6-3 but winning the nightcap 6-5. Will Marcal (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) was one of six Bears to record multiple hits in the opener, which improved Brown to 2-10 on the season. Brown rallied back from a 5-0 deficit with five runs in the ninth to tie the second game, but Travis Forbes hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the frame to give the Zags the victory.

• Pepperdine earned a nice road win at No. 23 Cal Poly, 8-6. Bryan Langlois (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his first home run of the season to lead Pepperdine’s 13-hit attack, and the Waves scored two unearned runs in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie.

Other Highlights

• Stanford took its sixth loss in its last seven games, falling to 11-8 overall with a 2-1 defeat at UC Davis. Freddy Avis started and worked two perfect innings in his long-awaited collegiate debut for the Cardinal, and A.J. Vanegas returned from his back injury to work a scoreless third in his season debut, but Davis rallied for two runs in the ninth, winning on Nick Lynch’s walk-off RBI single. The return of two of Stanford’s best arms is a much-needed development for the struggling Cardinal.

• Louisiana State clobbered rival Tulane, 14-1, in a game shortened to eight innings by the mercy rule. Freshman sensation Alex Bregman (4-for-4, 3 R) recorded his fifth straight game with at least three hits for LSU, which also got three hits and four RBIs from Mason Katz. Russell Reynolds (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up his first collegiate win.• T.J. Lighton (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) threw a gem against a marquee offense, leading Virginia Military Institute to an 8-0 win against Virginia Tech.

• After playing 55 innings over five games last week, Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said this morning that he wanted to rest his bullpen Tuesday against Oral Roberts, and junior righty Ralph Garza gave the Sooners exactly what they needed. Garza needed just 106 pitches to throw a complete-game gem in OU’s 3-1 win, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out 11. Matt Oberste went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to a school record-tying 27 games, helping the Sooners run their winning streak to 11.

• Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner earned his 200th career victory—at age 35, remarkably—in a 5-4 win against Texas Christian. Boomer Collins (2-for-4, 2 RBI) hit a go-ahead RBI single to cap DBU’s three-run seventh inning. TCU has lost four straight and six of its last seven to fall to 9-15 overall.

• Central Arkansas rebounded after getting swept by Oral Roberts with an 11-3 win at Oklahoma State. Forrest Allday (4-for-5, 3 RBI) and Blake Marchal (2-for-4, R, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B) led UCA’s 19-hit barrage, and Clint Green (7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win with sterling relief work.

• North Carolina forced extra innings with a sacrifice fly in the ninth, then got a walk-off RBI single in the 10th from Cody Stubbs to beat Virginia Commonwealth, 3-2. Hobbs Johnson (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid start for the Tar Heels, who are 22-1.

• T.J Pecoraro (2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) returned from injury to make his first appearance since Feb. 17, and Vanderbilt got stellar relief from Tyler Ferguson (4.2 IP,1  H, 0 R) and Brian Miller (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) in a 4-1 win against Lipscomb.

• Colby Holmes (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) snapped out of his funk with a strong outing in South Carolina’s 3-1 win at College of Charleston.

• Georgia Tech rallied from behind with two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to beat The Citadel, 5-4. Daniel Palka hit a two-run homer in the eighth to cut Tech’s deficit to one run, and sophomore Daniel Spignola followed with his first career home run—a walk-off two-run shot—in the ninth.

• Mississippi State earned a quality midweek win against Austin Peay State, 13-5. Trey Porter (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led MSU’s balanced 11-hit attack, and the Bulldogs broke open a 5-5 game with three runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth.

• No. 24 South Alabama improved to 22-4 with a 3-1 win at Southern Mississippi in 10 innings. Matt Bell (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Jaguars, and Brent Mitchell delivered a game-winning, pinch-hit, two-run single in the 10th.